Josh Barnett brushed aside Sergei Kharitonov this evening to book his place in the Strikeforce heavyweight GP final.
Barnett threw caution to the wind in the opening stages by standing toe-to-toe with the dangerous striker, but actually did fairly well, forcing him to step back a couple of times with solid punches.
Knowing that it was risky to play with fire too long Barnett then switched things up and managed to secure a beautiful leg trip takedown, landing straight into the mount position.
From there he took his time, securing his base and slowly began to pick his shots. Eventually Kharitonov managed to roll and get to his knees, but Barnett was still on top and after again remaining patient found an opportunity to flatten him out before raining down some blows to the head.
Then he suddenly moved back to mount and set himself up perfectly for an arm triangle, slipping across the Russian’s body to one side and forcing the tap with 4.28mins on the clock.
On reflection the fight could scarcely have gone better for Barnett who took little damage and dominated Kharitonov from start to finish.
The win now sets him up for the tournament final where he’ll meet Daniel Cormier who produced a big win over Antonio Silva earlier in the evening.